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Davinder S Bal

Davinder S Bal

Expertise: - Founder of DBS Law, Davinder started as a successful Personal Injury Solicitor at Rowley Ashworth and Thompsons and now oversees many elements of the company including Business Development and Client Relationship Management. He has a particular interest in Marketing and Media, and specializes in community service through DBS Heart.

Experience: - Davinder believes in investing in DBS Law’s employees and clients, and his achievement has been marked by DBS Law’s Legal 500 status as well as its being listed in the Sunday Times 100 Companies To Work For. Davinder puts the clients’ needs first, with the provision of clear advice and customized service designed to suit the budget and service requirements of each client. He is committed to DBS Heart and believes it is more than a CSR policy and ensures that DBS Law go beyond this and aim to make a significant difference to communities across the UK. Davinder has a keen interest in client led legal services and has carried out pro-bono work with the Sikh Channel Community, broadcast internationally.

Interests: - Davinder is interested in nature, rowing, and being involved in community service projects.

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Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott

Expertise:- Andrew is a member of the Law Society’s personal injury panel and APIL and has conducted a wide variety of personal injury and clinical negligence cases over many years and has a wealth of experience in general litigation work.

In the last 7 years Andrew has acquired and developed an expertise in all aspects of contested probate work ranging from challenging wills for lack of mental capacity, undue influence and lack of knowledge and approval, to making and defending claims for clients under the Inheritance Act.

Experience:- Andrew joined Andersons in 1990 becoming a partner in 1994 and a Director at DBS Andersons in October 2013.

Andrew has recovered large six figure sums for clients who have been injured during the birthing procedure and for a client whose broken neck was not diagnosed and properly treated. He also acted for one of the contractors in the Wembley Stadium litigation.

Interests:- Andrew is an avid tennis player and a member of his local club. When not on the tennis court, he enjoys skiing, attending the gym and playing golf.

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Anthony Kay

Anthony Kay

Expertise:- Anthony specialises in employment law; advising national ‘household’ names to local businesses on organisational issues to everyday HR queries. I provide training on all aspects of employment law focusing on improving employment practices and manages a broad employment tribunal caseload.

Experience:- Anthony has over a decade of experience in providing specialist employment law advice. He has particular expertise in handling contentious employment tribunal matters and is relied upon by my clients to carry out my own advocacy. Cases have included successfully representing national pub chains, one of the UK’s largest retail bookmakers, a solicitor’s practice, local authorities, a multi-national brewer and one of Europe’s leading soft drinks companies.

In relation to transactional matters; Anthony has expertise in guiding clients through re-organisations by reason of TUPE or individual/collective redundancy and have also advised on public to private sector transfers.

The Legal 500 commented in 2011: “Household names in the leisure industry, as well as smaller businesses, benefit from the exceptional service, depth of knowledge, accuracy of advice and excellent value for money available from Anthony Kay” and in 2012 he was recommended as an “Excellent Communicator”; and recommended in 2013 “Nothing is too much trouble for Anthony Kay, who is noted for conducting his own advocacy in complex claims‘. In 2014 he was recommended as “an excellent lawyer with all-round, good communication skills'”.

Anthony is also a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and the Nottinghamshire Law Society

Interests:- Anthony enjoys spending time with his daughters, watching football and cricket, music, cooking, digging for victory on his allotment and sharing his produce with his local pub.

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Vicky Blodwell

Vicky Blodwell

Expertise: - Vicky deals with a variety of serious personal injury cases involving claims arising out of road traffic accidents, accidents at work and in public places. She is a Team Leader, supervising 5 other members of the personal injury department. Vicky was appointed as an Associate Director in September 2012.

Experience: - Vicky commenced her legal career at Russell Jones and Walker and qualified upon joining DBS Law. Vicky also holds her Higher Rights of Audience. Vicky’s most notable cases include reaching a settlement of behalf of a lady walking across a pedestrian crossing when she was struck. The Defendant was convicted of driving without due care and attention and had her licence suspended for 3 months. The Claimant went on to develop chronic pain syndrome requiring significant medical investigation. The matter settled in the sum of £335,000 which includes a sum for care and assistance for the rest of her life. Most recently, Vicky settled a claim on behalf of a poultry farmer who suffered horrific injuries on his way to work when the Defendant fell asleep at the wheel. The Claimant was compensated for a life time’s loss of earnings and care and assistance.

Interests: - Vicky enjoys watching football, swimming and cooking vegetarian food.

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Abdul Zaheed

Abdul Zaheed

Expertise: - Abdul’s expertise includes buying, selling, re-mortgaging and leasing both commercial and residential property for clients. Abdul has acted for clients in complicated property portfolio purchases, sales and re-mortgages. Abdul’s expertise also covers acting for clients in Shariah compliant mortgage transactions. Abdul attends auctions and acts for clients whether they are buying or selling property. Some of our clients instruct Abdul to conduct all usual due diligence prior to bidding at auction and spending tens if not hundreds of thousands of pounds. Another area that Abdul has particular expertise in is acting for clients in the transfer of ownership or equity release, especially in the current economic climate where banks are perceived as not lending as freely as they were a few years ago. Transferring property by claiming adverse possession can prove to be difficult. Abdul has expertise and knowledge of submitting applications to the Land Registry for adverse possession. Abdul has a clear sense of commercial awareness and clients often rely on Abdul’s expertise to think outside the box and add real value to whatever they choose to do.

Experience: - Abdul has approximately 10 years’ experience of working as a solicitor and advising many clients on property transactions nationally. Abdul’s wide range of experience includes acting in multi million pound transactions, acting for buyers and sellers in the sale of empty/ rented properties and small businesses. Abdul also has vast experience acting for both landlords and tenants in leasehold transactions. He continues to act for developers on the acquisition of development land (with or without an option agreement) and the subsequent sale of plots, after the development is complete. Abdul’s experience also covers acting for buyers and sellers in residential transactions. So whether you’re buying, selling, leasing commercial or residential property or land Abdul can help. Some tax advisers may advise clients to put their property in a SIPP (self-invested personal pensions). Although, Abdul is not a tax adviser he has experience in transferring properties into a SIPP, whenever instructed to do so by a client. Abdul can deal with all sorts of deeds and licences such as, deeds of variation, deeds of surrender, rent deposit deeds, licences to assign/ underlet a lease, licence to carryout works, licence to occupy etc. Under the leadership of Abdul our property department has been recognised by the Legal 500 as being a leading provider of commercial property services, within 15 months of the property department being set up.

Interests: - Abdul enjoys spending time with his young family, eating out and socialising generally. Abdul also enjoys playing football and working out in the gym.

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Faizal Essat

Faizal Essat

Expertise: – Faizal is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and has gone on to secure advocacy rights and has also qualified as a Legal Executive Advocate. His experience is principally in litigation and has handled large value complex litigation claims. He was also the Head of Litigation at the Leicestershire County Council where he undertook litigation and advisory work at local government level. Faizal also worked as Head of Legal in industry where he advised on all aspects of commercial agreements and dispute resolution issues arising out of trademarks and intellectual property issues.

Experience:- Faizal acted on a group personal injury claim acting for seven claimants who were injured following exposure to the Legionella bacteria. The range of injuries amongst claimants varied and the total damages secured in total exceeded £1 million.

Faizal has also undertaken industrial disease claims and has also successfully secured damages for clients injured by exposure to asbestos. Some of the damages have been recovered for British-based claimants in the USA where Faizal worked alongside American lawyers.

In respect of non-personal injury related claims, Faizal acted for a local authority in the Technologies and Construction Court in respect of a contract dispute and the Council were faced with a claim which was valued at £40 million. This was a complex dispute and Faizal worked with a leading QC and junior counsel in dealing with the various issues and also conducted mediation meetings and advised the executive management committee of the local authority. The claim was successfully defended.

In addition to the legal work that Faizal undertakes as part of his work he also commits a significant amount of time in undertaking pro bono and advisory work in the community. He has received various national awards and was voted pro bono lawyer of the year by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and was also the inaugural winner of the DLA Paul Nicholls Memorial Foundation Award for excellence in Pro Bono work.

Interests: – Faizal has a keen interest in following rugby and cricket. He is an avid supporter of the Leicester Tigers and follows the Indian Premier League with great interest. He also plays golf whenever he can but admits that time is often an issue. Faizal is also a keen cook and has a real interest in Indian cuisine and often helps his brother-in-law who operates a commercial kitchen cooking for parties and weddings.

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Peter Sutherland

Peter Sutherland

Expertise: – Peter deals with business transfers from corner shops to company sales and purchases. He also specialises in commercial property sales and acquisitions and commercial landlord and tenant work. He is a team leader in Nottingham for the residential and commercial property and private client department and is an Associate Director of the company.

Experience:- Peter has been a solicitor for over 25 years and was until recently a partner with Andersons Solicitors in Nottingham. He has recently completed the purchase of a pre let commercial property in Nottingham for an investor client for £1,075,000.00 and the purchase of a factory site for £2,925,000.00 and the sale of an information technology company for £650,000.00.

Interests: – Peter enjoys running half marathons and climbing in the mountains of Scotland; he sings with Southwell Choral Society and is a governor at an inner city primary school in Nottingham. He also follows the fortunes of the England cricket team and in his spare time enjoys gardening, playing the piano and reading history.

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Harjeet Singh

Harjeet Singh

Expertise: - Harry graduated in bachelors and Master level qualifications in Information technology field.  His further skill set includes wide knowledge of the latest Microsoft technologies including Virtualization and Failover clustering.

Experience: - He has developed solid core IT infrastructure skills in planning, designing, developing and maintaining a complete IT & Telecommunications infrastructure for SME’s.He is responsible for providing a reliable, cost effective, secure and performing IT environment, to enable the company to assist its staff in providing clients with an excellent service.

Interests: - Favourite Quote: Passionate about IT and Support – eat sleep breathe it. Harry is fluent in English, Punjabi and Hindi.

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Angela Fitzpatrick

Angela Fitzpatrick

Expertise: - Angela Fitzpatrick is the Head of Department at DBS Law. Angela is a personal injury Lawyer with over 20 years experience representing injured Claimants and their families. Her practice encompasses all aspects of Personal Injury claims specialising in high value serious injury claims including spinal injuries, amputees, brain injury, fatal accidents, occupational disease in particular Mesothelioma claims.

For 22 years (13 years as a Partner) at a National Claimant Law firm she represented Trade Union and Staff Association members pursuing a wide variety of Personal Injury claims. This has given her extensive experience of cases involving workplace accidents. She has a particular interest in claims involving seriously injured cyclists having represented members of a National Cycling Organisation.

Experience: - Angela has pursued numerous complex Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals. She is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and a Mentor for students at the Kyra Institute. The Legal 500 is the Michelin Guide to the legal profession it recommends practices and practitioners from around the UK.   Angela Fitzpatrick Head of Personal Injury been singled out for particular praise this year. Angela leads a team of 30 at DBS Law.

Throughout her 25 years’ experience Angela has specialised in high value serious injury claims. Renowned for her holistic approach, she deals with the victims needs together with their families, her client care is legendary.

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Farhat Akbar

Farhat Akbar

Expertise: - Farhat is a specialist family solicitor advising on all aspects of family law. She is an accredited member of the Law Society Family Law Advanced Panel, a Resolution trained Collaborative lawyer and a member of Resolution. Her dedication to client care has led to DBS Law family department in Birmingham gaining recognition in the Legal 500 in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Experience: - Farhat qualified as a solicitor in 1998 and has over sixteen years of experience in family law. She has dealt with a broad range of family law issues: divorce, civil partnership disputes and separation, financial disputes between married couples, disputes between parents over children’s issues, financial disputes between cohabitants, pre-nuptial and post-separation agreements, and protection for victims of domestic abuse.

Farhat has undertaken many high profile cases in the High Court, Family Division, concerning wardship , tracing a child’s whereabouts, child abduction to countries which are members of the Hague Convention and child abduction to non-Hague Convention countries. She has conducted complex cases for financial remedies between married couples in medium to high net worth cases, and represented the wife in the Court of Appeal in the reported case of Kaur v Matharu [2010] EWCA Civ 930

A notable area of her expertise is advising on financial settlements where the matrimonial assets include business and pension assets or where property assets have been transferred to third parties, requiring these dispositions to be set aside to ensure a fair settlement for both parties.

Interests: - Farhat enjoys travel, swimming and yoga in her spare time. She also enjoys being involved in various community projects. She is a governor of Hall Green Junior and Infant School and a trustee of the following charities: UK Asian Women’s Centre and Birmingham Child Contact Centre.

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Gursharan Bunger

Gursharan Bunger

Expertise: - Gursharan qualified as a Solicitor in 2002 and specialises in Private Client Law. Gursharan’s expertise within this discipline include the Administration of Estates (Probate), making Wills, Tax planning, Trusts and administration of the same, Lasting Powers of Attorneys, Deputyship Applications and Elderly Client advice.

Experience: - Gursharan has 11 years of experience in private client work and has represented a large variety of Clients, from those in a High Street firm to high net worth clients in large city firms. Gursharan enjoys dealing with complex Probate matters which have been complicated by mentally incapacitated executors/beneficiaries or those which involve contentious issues. Gursharan had dealt with a number of complex high net worth matters which have often proven difficult and has brought such matters to a successful conclusion. Gursharan holds a free weekly legal surgery at a Temple in Wolverhampton where she has developed some excellent links with members of the community.

Interests: - Outside of work, Gursharan enjoys going to the gym and Latin dancing.

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Jonathan Haigh

Jonathan Haigh

Expertise: - Jonathan is a qualified Chartered Accountant and also an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Experience: - Before joining DBS Law he spent 17 years working in an accountancy practice in Birmingham, providing audit, accountancy and taxation services to an extensive range of clients, with Legal firms being his speciality. Jonathan is responsible for overseeing the accounts department and maintaining budgetary control for the company. He aims to ensure that all staff members within the department are given the opportunity to gain excellent knowledge and expertise.

Interests: - Jonathan is a keen sailor and can be found on the water racing dinghies most weekends. He is also a RYA dinghy instructor teaching both adults and children to sail.

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Lisa McKay

Lisa McKay

Expertise:- Lisa is the HR and Admin Officer. Lisa has extensive knowledge of practices required within a legal practice and used to be the Legal Accounts/Office Manager. She now deals with HR Administration, assisting with the running of the offices company-wide and provides support and assistance to colleagues as and when necessary.

Experience:- Lisa has played a key role working in accounts for 24 years gaining a Diploma in Legal Account Management in 1997,  this not only covered Accounts but Office Management.  She effectively manages the firm’s HR and office administration .  Lisa always strives to attain best results and is a valued member of the team.

Interests:- Lisa enjoys socialising with friends and family, keeping fit by attending regular kettle, spinning and insanity classes.

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Roger Hearne

Roger Hearne

Expertise: – Roger qualified as a Solicitor in 1971 and established his own busy firm of Hearne & Co. in 1981.

Experience: – Roger primarily has vast amount of experience in both residential and commercial property law, wills and probate matters before expanding the firm to include a criminal, matrimonial, employment and civil litigation caseload – in all cases with a strong emphasis on providing a friendly family approach.

Roger merged his practice with DBS Law in July 2013 and now continues to assist in a consultancy capacity on all types of property and private client matters.

Interests: – Roger enjoys art, antiques and travelling.

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Aimee Hearne

Aimee Hearne

Expertise: - Aimee specialises in residential and commercial conveyancing.

Experience: - Aimee has been working in a busy high street practice for 8 years and prior to that she worked as a Paralegal in a large city center law firm. Aimee has consistently achieved completion timescales and repeat business from clients.

Interests: - Aimee enjoys socialising with friends and spending quality time with her family. Aimee also enjoys collecting 1950-70s art and collectables.

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Angela Maxfield

Angela Maxfield

Expertise :- Angela has more than 15 years’ experience as a solicitor specialising in providing proactive legal advice to medium and higher net worth individuals on all aspects of divorce, civil partnership dissolution and separation including; finances, pensions, property and arrangements for children of the relationship.  Angela also advises clients on Cohabitation Agreements.  She has a particular interest in cases involving Contact/Residence disputes.

Experience :- Angela is a member of Resolution and is committed to providing a non-confrontational and cost-effective service to her clients.

Since 2001 Angela has been a Resolution Accredited Specialist Family Lawyer, her current Accreditations being in the areas of Children Law – Disputes between Parents or Relatives and Complex Financial and Property Matters – medium to low income households.

Angela has also trained as an All Issues Mediator with Resolution.

Prior to specialising in family law Angela worked as a solicitor in a civil litigation department dealing with disputes involving land and professional negligence claims arising from property transactions.

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Dawn White

Dawn White

Expertise: - Dawn is an experienced solicitor who specialises in all aspects of Private Client work. She has a strong commitment to client care ensuring all clients receive a friendly, attentive and professional service whilst providing a tailored solution to a particular client’s circumstance.

Dawn believes strongly that elderly clients should receive appropriate advice and care and is also a Dignity Champion who believes that being treated with dignity is a basic human right, not an optional extra.

Experience: - Alongside being a Member of Solicitors for the Elderly, Dawn has previously won the Derby Young Lawyer Skills Triathlon in 2006. She is a student member of STEP and currently undertaking the examinations to qualify as a full professional member.

Interests: - Dawn enjoys reading and cooking.

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Kristel Georgeou

Kristel Georgeou

Expertise: - Kristel is a qualified solicitor who specialises in residential property law. Kristel possesses extensive knowledge in dealing with all sorts of property transactions, from sales and purchases, transfers of equity, remortgages, purchases of land, auction pack preparation, purchase at auction, lease extensions, registration of legal charges, grants of new leases, right to buy, auction pack review, purchase of freehold interest and shared ownership.

Kristel is the Team Leader and Chair of DBS Law’s niche Greek Desk providing legal solutions to the Greek and Cypriot communities.

Experience: - Kristel has a number of years’ experience in the property field and has represented a large number of individuals and lenders. Whilst training, Kristel was awarded the Law Society Trainee Solicitor of the Year award  in 2007, and subsequently written articles for several newspapers and lectured at the University she attended, highlighting the difficulties law students can face in trying to secure a training contract and not to give up. Kristel has been providing residential legal advice for over 7 years and has always delivered a high level of service with a clear focus on the best interests of the client. Kristel adds value to the service provided by expertly accommodating the needs of lenders and estate agents in a professional manner. Kristel continues to be recommended by clients, estate agents and mortgage providers and feedback from clients is unanimously positive.

Interests: - Outside of work Kristel enjoys music, travelling and interior design, motoring and good food.

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Aleema Kauser

Aleema Kauser

Expertise: - Aleema specialises in the Personal Injury Department. She deals with Public Liability and Employers Liability cases however she particularly handles Road Traffic Accident cases involving clients who have sustained injuries arising out of motor accidents, as drivers, passengers or pedestrians.

Experience: - Aleema graduated from The University of Wolverhampton in 2008 and subsequently completed her Diploma in Legal Practice at College of Law, Birmingham. Previously, Aleema worked as a Client Advisor in the Client Care Department. She then progressed into the Personal Injury Department in 2010. Aleema manages her own case load and has been successful in settling a high number of cases on a monthly basis.

Interests: - Aleema enjoys swimming and socialising with friends and family.

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Elena Cicova

Elena Cicova

Expertise: - Elena graduated in LLB Law from Birmingham City University in 2009 and then completed the Legal Practice Course from the College of Law in 2010. Elena has handled a varied case load consisting of Employer Liability, Public Liability, CICA as well as Road Traffic Accident claims.

Experience: - Elena is employed as a Litigation Executive in the Personal Injury department after formally gaining valuable experience as a Paralegal at Levenes Solicitors and Lyons Davidson.

Elena speaks fluent Slovakian as well as English.

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Jascaran Chahal

Jascaran Chahal

Expertise: - Jascaran’s skills and knowledge range from Claimant and Defendant personal injury and credit hire litigation. He currently deals with Road Traffic Accidents, Employer’s Liability Claims and Public Liability Claims.

Experience: - Jascaran graduated from Keele University studying BA in Economics and Finance. He went on to obtain the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, Birmingham. He gained a wealth of experience whilst working for a large Defendant law firm based in Coventry before joining CTS to undertake Claimant personal injury litigation. Jascaran was previously successful in a case against the police, where his client was bitten by a police dog who mistook the client for a wrong doer. He was also successful in a case against Manchester United Football Club where an employee of Manchester United FC catering staff slipped on the match day near the kitchen area causing cuts and bruises to his arms.

Interests: - Jascaran plays and captains an 11 a side Sunday League Football in Coventry and regularly organises football games between staff. He also enjoys other sporting activities together with travelling, reading and spending time with friends and family.

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Khameeza Akhtar

Khameeza Akhtar

Expertise: - Khameeza’s skills and knowledge stem from claimant personal injury. She currently deals with Road Traffic Accidents.

Experience: - Khameeza graduated in Law from Birmingham University. She went on to obtain the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, Birmingham. She gained a wealth of experience whilst working for a large corporate law firm based in Birmingham city centre before joining DBS Law to undertake claimant personal injury litigation. Khameeza was previously successful in a case against a driver who collided with a pedestrian who was crossing the road with her young daughter. She secured an amount of £19,000 for the claimant.

Interests: - Khameeza enjoys charity work and helps with community.

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Monika Williams

Monika Williams

Expertise: - Monika works in the Personal Injury Department and specialises in Road Traffic Accident claims including MIB Uninsured and MIB Untraced claims. She also deals with Criminal Injury cases. Monika can fluently communicate in Polish and English.

Experience: - Monika has almost 2 years of valuable experience of working in the Personal Injury Department. She has previously secured up to £16,000 worth of damages for a client who was a victim of an uninsured driver. She also provides assistance to her colleagues who conduct Employers Liability and Public Liability matters. Monika is an efficient member of the team.

Interests: - Monika enjoys reading, watching movies, cooking and hiking.

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Neeru Karra

Neeru Karra

Expertise: - Neeru is a valued member of the Personal Injury Department, mainly dealing with Road Traffic Accident claims.

Experience: - Neeru studied at the University of Birmingham and completed her Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in 2008. Having started out as a volunteer at DBS Law over four years ago, Neeru initially worked within the Client Care Department. She then did a short spell at another national firm, Russell Jones and Walker conducting some of the highly published ‘sofa dermatitis cases’, before returning to DBS Law. Neeru was first to issue and settle a case under Stage 3 of the Rapid Claim Portal at Birmingham County Court; A new system that was introduced to streamline the claims process and to make it more straightforward for claimants.

Interests: - Neeru enjoys participating in sport activities such as BSG Rounder’s and BTSS events. Neeru also enjoys travelling and volunteering. She has recently assisted orphans and taught English at schools in Kenya.

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Sam Zaffar

Sam Zaffar

Expertise: - Sam has amassed a wealth of experience and knowledge in Personal Injury Public Liability Claims from inception through to trial.

Experience: - The public liability arena is very vast and captures various incidents. These include Occupiers Liability cases, slips, trips, overseas accidents, accidents on aeroplanes, beauty therapy cases, dog bite cases, sports injury cases, falling trees and product liability cases to name but a few. Sam successfully deals with all such cases.

Interests: - Sam often becomes involved with charity work for local charities and also enjoys helping with community projects. Sam enjoys travelling, reading and socialising.

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Sian Morris

Sian Morris

Expertise: – Sian’s skills and knowledge stem from claimant personal injury. She currently deals with Road Traffic Accidents.

Experience: – She gained a wealth of experience whilst working for Russell Jones and Walker Solicitors based in Birmingham City Centre before joining DBS Law in 2009 as a Legal Secretary. Sian previously worked with Directors assisting with serious injury cases and then progressed to a Paralegal position where she now manages her own case load in claimant personal injury litigation.

Interests: - Sian enjoys going to the theatre, shopping and socialising with family and friends.

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Rupy Sandhu

Rupy Sandhu

Expertise: - Rupy began as a Paralegal in the Personal Injury department and started her diploma in legal practice at Birmingham City University in 2008 and continued working full time. She successfully completed her diploma in legal practice in June 2010 and commenced her training contract in September 2011. She qualified as a Solicitor in September 2013.

Experience: - Rupy has over five years of experience in dealing with personal injury claims, ranging from road traffic accidents, work place accidents and slips and trips. One of Rupy’s success stories is settling a multi-track road traffic accident case where £70,000 was awarded in damages, after the Claimant suffered a serious injury to his ankle following a collision in a Sikh Community Centre, when the Defendant reversed his vehicle into the Claimant. Three previous offers had been made prior to settlement. Counsel was instructed and advice was sought on two occasions with the Claimant in conference. This case was complex in that the Claimant wanted to pursue a big claim for loss of earnings despite being made redundant from his job shortly after the accident. He failed to mitigate his loss and became dependant on benefits, which is common occurrence with Claimants. Despite this complexity she managed to get the Defendants to agree to some of his claim for loss of earnings

Interests: - Rupy enjoys going to the gym, reading and cooking.

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Adeel Zafar

Adeel Zafar

Expertise: - Adeel is a LLB Law graduate and currently a Paralegal in our Property department. He always aims to deliver an excellent level of service to our clients over the telephone and whilst visiting them at their homes.

Experience: - Adeel is currently a Paralegal after previously being part of our Client Care department. His previous experience as a Paralegal has provided extensive knowledge in dealing with Road Traffic Accidents. Prior to this, he has additional experience in working in a customer service environment.

Interests: - Adeel enjoys socialising with friends and spending quality time with his family. He also enjoys taking part in boxing and cricket.

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Ghazalah Bashir

Ghazalah Bashir

Expertise: - Ghazalah is a paralegal in the Residential Property Department and is based at our DBS Hearne office.

Experience: – Ghazalah completed a law degree at the University of Wolverhampton in 2002 before returning to complete the Legal Practice Course in 2007. She has over 7 years of experience working as a property paralegal dealing with all aspects of residential conveyancing, including freehold, leasehold, shared ownership, registered and unregistered land.

Ghazalah endeavours to provide clients with advice that has been tailored to their individual needs.

Interests: – Away from the office she enjoys eating out, socialising with friends and a good film.

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Joe Price

Joe Price

Expertise: - Joe has joined DBS Andersons as a Paralegal in our Commercial Property department.

Experience: - Joe graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a 1st Class LLB (Hons.) in Law with Business and achieved a Distinction on the Legal Practice Course at Nottingham Law School. Prior to joining DBS Andersons, Joe worked as a Commercial Property Paralegal at Geldards LLP.

Interests: - Joe is a keen sports fan, and an avid Manchester City supporter. He also enjoys travelling, eating out, socialising with friends and going to the theatre.

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Sneha Rayat

Sneha Rayat

Expertise: - Sneha is working as a Paralegal in the Personal Injury Department in Nottingham.

Experience: - Sneha graduated with a Law degree at Birmingham City University in 2009 and then went on to do the Legal Practice Course at Manchester Metropolitan, completing it in 2010. She previously worked in a small firm specialising in Personal Injury as a Paralegal for 4 years.

Interests: - Away from the office, Sneha enjoys spending time with her family as well as socialising with friends. She also likes to keep fit by going to the gym.

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Tamara Dhesi

Tamara Dhesi

Expertise: - Tamara has over nine years of experience in conveyancing.  Starting out in the commercial property department of a local firm in Derby, Tamara gained invaluable experience in not only conveyancing but also company commercial. Tamara has great knowledge and experience in many types of property transactions. Having also worked for a volume conveyancing firm, she has developed good working relations with estate agents nationwide, and has obtained many referrals by providing an efficient and courteous service to both estate agents and clients.

Experience: - With many years’ experience within the conveyancing field and on numerous types of transactions, including the Government’s Help to Buy scheme, Tamara is able to empathise and reassure clients of what is actually happening with one of the most important transaction in their lives.

Interests: - Tamara loves spending time with her familyand getting lost a in a good book, listing John Grisham and Jo Nesbo as her favourite authors. She tries to stay fit by attending the gym as often as possible and mainly works on cardio activities.

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Diana Brumby

Diana Brumby

Expertise:- Diana is a skilled secretary working in the Employment Law and Civil Litigation Department.

Experience:- Diana joined DBS Andersons Solicitors in 2002 and prior to this, Diana worked in Africa for 30 years as a Legal Secretary for a firm specialising in Patents and Trade Marks.

Since joining DBS Andersons she has been the bedrock of the Employment and Civil Litigation department.  She maintains a calm and professional approach at all times assisting both clients and staff members in a helpful and friendly manner.

Interests:- Diana enjoys digging on her allotment, watching football (supporting Chelsea and Liverpool) and looking after her grand-daughter.

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Donna Pardoe

Donna Pardoe

Expertise: - Donna is a qualified Legal Secretary currently holding the ILEX Legal Secretaries Diploma specialising in residential conveyancing. She is hard working, willing to learn, develop and will always go that extra mile to provide the highest level of support.

Experience: - Donna has been a Legal Secretary for 8 years and has provided a first class support service to large organisations working for individual Solicitors. The support Donna has provided has allowed clients and brokers to trust and rely upon her to provide updates on their transaction and to follow through with any request to assist in the smooth running of their transaction. Donna has worked alongside Partners and Solicitors and has accomplished an award for her support. Donna has trained junior secretaries on complex case management systems. She has also assisted in the running and change of case management systems to assist team members in their day to day duties.

Interests: - Donna enjoys socialising with friends and spending quality time with her family. She also enjoys fine art and has had her art work exhibited at Birmingham Airport.

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Emma Kiernan

Emma Kiernan

Expertise: - Emma is a Legal Secretary specialising in residential property. She is organised, efficient and always thrives to put a 100% effort into her work.

Experience: - Emma started her career at DBS Hearne. and worked there for over six years. Previously, Emma was an Administrative Assistant, however with her continuous hard work; Emma developed her role into a Legal Secretary. At DBS Hearne, Emma assisted to set up the precedent database for Residential Conveyancing I also successfully ensured the implementation of an efficient archiving system.

Interests: - I enjoy socialising with friends, going to the cinema and travelling.

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Jane Cooke

Jane Cooke

Expertise: - Jane is a legal secretary specialising in residential conveyancing. Jane is conscientious, hardworking and always does her best to assist clients to ensure they receive a high standard of support.

Experience: - Jane has 40 years residential conveyancing experience working for a senior partner for the majority of her years. In addition Jane compiles Wills for clients and has also had many years’ experience in the probate area. Jane has worked alongside senior partners, solicitors and legal executives and has always maintained a good working relationship with all concerned.

Interests: - Jane is a fully qualified dance teacher being the principal of two very successful dance schools. She enjoys playing tennis at a large club in Sutton Coldfield and is a member of the ladies teams. Jane is a frequent visitor to the theatres, enjoys cooking and loves walking holidays in the Lake District.

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Jessica Groombridge

Jessica Groombridge

Expertise: - Jessica specialises in Private Client Law which involves drafting Wills, making Lasting Powers of Attorney, dealing with Deputyship Orders and administration of estates. Jessica has also assisted in the Conveyancing Department.

Experience: - Jessica initially joined DBS Hearne in May 2010 as an administrative assistant and since she has progressed to be a Legal Assistant. Jessica becomes involved in many projects within the office and has previously assisted to create precedent database for Private Client Law and Residential Conveyancing at DBS Hearne. Jessica also assists in ensuring that other office systems are being processed effectively.

Interests: - Jessica enjoys socialising with friends, walking her dog, attending the gym and travelling to different countries.

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Samantha Higgins

Samantha Higgins

Expertise: - Samantha is a Legal Secretary in our Commercial/Residential Property department.

Experience: - Samantha has over seven years’ experience as a property secretary dealing with sales, purchase, re-mortgages, transfer of equity, and leases.

Interests: - Outside of work, Samantha enjoys travelling, socialising with friends and family, and going to music concerts.

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Sarah Sawbridge

Sarah Sawbridge

Expertise: – Sarah is a hard working secretary who gives 100% to any task that she undertakes. She covers reception and also provides efficient support to other departments as and when necessary.

Experience:- Sarah has been a legal secretary for 20 years, and had been an employee at DBS Andersons Solicitors for almost 9 years; the last 7 of these have been spent as a residential conveyancing / corporate secretary. Prior to DBS Andersons, Sarah worked in a personal injury department as well as the commercial department.

Interests: - Sarah enjoys reading books, taking long walks and spending time with her family.

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Danielle Impey

Danielle Impey

Expertise: - Danielle is a Legal Assistant specialising in personal injury. She is organised, efficient and always does her best to ensure clients receive a high standard of support.

Experience: - Danielle has previous experience in the Pensions department of Wragge & Co LLP as an Admin Clerk, before working for three fee earners as a Legal Secretary in the Intellectual Property Department. She has since gained further experience working for the Head of Department in Litigation and Debt Recovery at Abrahams Dresden LLP before moving to DBS Andersons.

Interests: - Danielle enjoys socialising with friends, going to the cinema and travelling.

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Katie Print

Katie Print

Expertise: - Katie recently graduated with a first class law degree from Birmingham City University. She is currently in the Personal Injury department assisting head of department Angela Fitzpatrick and the rest of the team with case work.

Experience: - After graduating from university, Katie began life at DBS Law as an intern in our Marketing department before becoming a Legal Assistant with the Personal Injury team. She also has experience working in schools with primary school children.

Interests: - Katie enjoys spending time with her friends and family, caring for her pets, cooking, baking and all things Harry Potter related.

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Alex Hughes

Alex Hughes

Expertise: - Alex has outstanding communication and people skills, and she maintains strong relationships with all clients. Alex also assists and supports the members of staff, and is extremely organised and efficient.

Experience: - Alex has gained a wealth of experience in Reception & Administration. Alex first started working for RowleyHughesThompson a firm of chartered surveyors. Alex then went on to work as an Account Manager, where she handled clients Solar Panel Installation’s from start to finish. Most recently, she worked for 158 Edmund Street as a Front of House Receptionist.

Interests: - Alex enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Alex also likes reading and cooking.

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Ann Boffey

Ann Boffey

Expertise: - Ann takes pride in her communication skills and is very efficient in dealing with current and potential clients.

Experience: - Ann has carried out the role of a receptionist for over 30 years. Ann has previously worked in various hotels, construction industry and joined DBS Hearne in June 1995. Ann’s extensive amount of experience enables her to deliver and maintain excellent client relationships at all times.

Interests: - Ann loves to spend quality time with her family and friends. She enjoys reading and keeping fit.

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Karen Clifford

Karen Clifford

Expertise:- Karen is the welcoming face of DBS Andersons in Nottingham. She deals with clients in a calm and professional manner as well as supporting members of staff.

Experience: – Karen joined DBS Andersons Solicitors in 2004. Karen plays an important role in facilitating events at the office and in reputed for her culinary skills which are much appreciated by clients at marketing functions.

She is also responsible for co-ordinating and booking training for staff, opening and closing of files and dealing with web enquires.

Interests :- To the delight of the staff at DBS Andersons, Karen is a master of cake baking. She also enjoys spending time with her grand-children.

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Bobby Mann

Bobby Mann

Expertise: - Bobby is a team leader of the accounts department. Currently Level 3 AAT qualified and specialises in all aspects of legal cashiering and accounting work. Bobby is looking forward to commencing his Level 4 studies in the New Year ensuring he is fully AAT qualified.

Experience: - Bobby has over 11 years’ experience within the legal cashier field. He has considerable knowledge of The Solicitor’s Accounts Rules. This enables him to ensure everything is done accurately and the department is compliant of the rules at all times. He plays a vital role within the department in creating new and streamlining current processes. He was quickly promoted to the team leader position upon joining DBS Law.

Interests: - Outside of work Bobby enjoys quality time with his family and socialising with friends.

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Kate McDonnell

Kate McDonnell

Expertise: - Kate is an efficient Accounts Assistant who specialises in the day to day processing of various payments to and from the company, ensuring The Solicitors Accounts Rules are always adhered to.

Experience: - Kate has played a key role in the Accounts Department for over four years at DBS Law. During her time at DBS Law she has gained a considerable amount of skills and knowledge in Accounts and its procedures. She offers support as and where necessary to her colleagues and is a valued member of the team.

Interests: - Kate enjoys socialising with friends, swimming and travelling.

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Josh Roberts

Josh Roberts

Expertise: - Josh is a Legal Cashier at DBS Law. He is currently studying at the AAT to further his career and hopes to complete his Diploma in Accounting up to Level 4.

Experience: - Before joining DBS Law in September 2014, Josh worked with another law firm for seven years.

Interests: - Outside of work, Josh enjoys spending time with friends as well as playing video games. He is also a keen sports fan and can be often seen at Halesowen Town FC, or staying up late cheering on the Miami Dolphins.

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Josh Henwood

Josh Henwood

Expertise: - Josh is part of the Marketing team at DBS Law. He recently graduated in German & European Studies at the University of Birmingham in 2014 and has started a Masters in European Union & International Relations at the University of Aston.

Experience: - Alongside his studies, Josh helped organise numerous events with organisations including political simulations at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Josh is responsible for Marketing and PR matters at DBS Law which includes copywriting and events management.

Interests: - Outside of his work and studies, Josh likes to unwind by playing and watching sports, as well as travelling across the continent whenever he gets the chance.

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Rachel Eames

Rachel Eames

Expertise: - Rachel is a first-class English and Creative Writing graduate and currently a member of our marketing team.

Experience: - Rachel joined the Marketing Department after graduating from the University of Birmingham with a first class degree in English and Creative Writing. She has previously managed a number of writing websites and social media accounts as well as volunteering at literary and science festival events. She has had a number of short stories and poetry published in student anthologies, and was a lead editor of the 2013 Lost Property anthology.

Interests: - Rachel is currently studying an MA in Literature, Culture and Modernity at University of Birmingham. She enjoys writing fiction, photography and reading about history and science.

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Mark Southall

Mark Southall

Expertise: - Mark has expertise in a number of different IT areas, including SQL Server 2005-2012, Exchange 2003-2010, Virtualisation, Workflow Development, Crystal Reporting and .NET Programming.

Experience: - Mark has seven years of providing IT and Workflow Development support to law firms, across multiple practice areas.

Interests: - Away from work, Mark likes to go to the gym as well as play tennis. He is also interested in general computing.

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Jackie Tutt

Jackie Tutt

Expertise: - Jackie is a HR, office management and executive support professional. Jackie has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Studies from UCE and a Master’s degree in Organisational Behaviour and Analysis from Lancaster University.

Experience: - Jackie has over 10 years of experience in various industries, working in the UK, Europe and in the USA. In that time, she has planned, developed, and implemented a two year HR strategy plan for a financial services company in California and has also successfully won tenders for multi million pound contracts for a facilities management company.

Interests: - Jackie enjoys reading, watching films, and fashion.

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Tom Williams

Tom Williams

Expertise: - Tom has a broad range of analytical skills from his time studying a Finance and Economics Degree, and international project management skills from his time in Compliance. Alongside knowledge of management accounts, market analysis and research methods, Tom is working to understand the legal market and the changes currently taking place.

Experience: - Having completed two separate roles at IBM, Tom has strong experience in Audit and Compliance, Finance and Planning and Technology Consultancy. Specifically Tom has been involved in three separate corporate Audits (all satisfactory) where he managed data requests to the auditors and provided the executive update to the UKI and EMEA general management. In addition to numerous projects to reduce cost and improve forecasting within Accounting, Tom also authored a Point of View paper on the mobile payments market for an external client.

Interests: - Outside of the office, Tom is a keen runner – having completed two marathons he is looking forward to Budapest in 2015. He also enjoys playing the Clarinet, Saxophone and Piano (having achieved grade 8 in all three) and enjoys playing in restaurants and jazz venues.

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Aleksandra Aleksandrova

Aleksandra Aleksandrova

Expertise: - Aleksandra is specialised in business analytics, marketing and event management as well as risk management and business strategy.

Experience: - Aleksandra is a final year business undergraduate at the University of Birmingham. Before joining DBS Law, Aleksandra spent over a year on a business and sales operations industrial placement at IBM.

Interests: - Aleksandra enjoys music, art, travel and languages.

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Kamalpreet Bains

Kamalpreet Bains

Expertise: - Kamalpreet has recently completed her LLB. She is now currently doing a Level 7 Post Graduate Diploma in Paralegal practice in modules that include criminal, corporate, conveyancing, matrimonial and civil litigation.

Experience: - Kamalpreet has carried out work experience in other law firms which include family and criminal law firms.

Interests: - Kamalpreet enjoys mentoring youths and volunteers on a beat bullying website. She also loves spending some quality time with her family and friends.

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Masud Rujel

Masud Rujel

Expertise: – Masud has recently worked for a finance company who distributed finance such as credit cards, personal loans as well as agreements taken out by consumers. He has now transferred his excellent client care skills to DBS Law where he deals with new and existing client queries.

Experience: – Masud has experience within a call centre where customer rapport and satisfaction is essential, therefore he understands clients who may need our help or services and aims to always exceed client expectations.

Masud has won various employees of the month awards as well as the best newcomer award at his previous role.

Interests: – Masud enjoys his sports such as football and table tennis. He also makes his own music by vocally recording and mixing at professional studios during his spare time.

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Sabahat Kazi

Sabahat Kazi

Expertise: - Sabahat has a BA (Hons) degree in Business and currently working as a client advisor. He aims to provide excellent client care, working with clients to suit their needs.

Experience: - Before Sabahat joined DBS Law, he held a job where he had experience dealing with customers face to face and via telephone on a daily basis.

Interests: - Sabahat enjoys travelling, cooking, and socialising with family and friends.

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Sandeep Madahar

Sandeep Madahar

Expertise: - Sandeep works in two of the firm’s key departments: Corporate Department and the Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department.

Experience: - Prior to joining DBS Law, he had attained his Masters in International Corporate Governance and Financial Regulations from the University of Warwick. He is actively involved in assisting the firms SME’s, owner managed businesses and start up’s in relation to all of their corporate and dispute resolution matters. Sandeep is developing a new practice area involving, assisting and advising clients on the miss-selling of financial derivative products. Sandeep has successfully assisted in completions of share purchase transactions, as well as resolving an Inter-Pleader dispute.

Interests: - Sandeep has an interest in world music, and additionally plays the bass guitar. He has had the opportunity to perform amongst varied audiences within the UK, as well as on an international scale.

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Tahir Arshad

Tahir Arshad

Expertise: - Tahir is a team leader in the Client Care department. Tahir is always aiming to exceed expectations by offering excellent level of service to all of our clients. He focuses in developing and improving procedures to enhance Client Relationship Management. Tahir is fluent in Urdu and Punjabi.

Experience: - Tahir has attained an MBA in International Business Management from Anglia Ruskin University in 2012. Tahir joined DBS Law in 2013 as a Client Advisor and was promoted to the Team Leader role in 2014. His aim is to continue providing high quality client care. He has more than six years of experience in hospitality management and developing team member skills.

Interests: - Tahir enjoys spending quality time with family and socialising with friends. Tahir enjoys cricket, snooker and going to the cinema.

Davinder S Bal

Davinder S Bal

Chairman

Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott

Director

Anthony Kay

Anthony Kay

Director

Vicky Blodwell

Vicky Blodwell

Director

Abdul Zaheed

Abdul Zaheed

Director / Head of Property Law

Faizal Essat

Faizal Essat

Associate Director

Peter Sutherland

Peter Sutherland

Associate Director

Harjeet Singh

Harjeet Singh

Associate Director / Head of IT

Angela Fitzpatrick

Angela Fitzpatrick

Head of Personal Injury

Farhat Akbar

Farhat Akbar

Head of Family Law

Gursharan Bunger

Gursharan Bunger

Head of Private Client

Jonathan Haigh

Jonathan Haigh

Finance Director

Lisa McKay

Lisa McKay

HR & Admin Officer

Roger Hearne

Roger Hearne

Consultant

Aimee Hearne

Aimee Hearne

Solicitor

Angela Maxfield

Angela Maxfield

Family Law Solicitor

Dawn White

Dawn White

Assistant Solicitor

Kristel Georgeou

Kristel Georgeou

Solicitor

Aleema Kauser

Aleema Kauser

Litigation Executive

Elena Cicova

Elena Cicova

Litigation Executive

Jascaran Chahal

Jascaran Chahal

Litigation Executive

Khameeza Akhtar

Khameeza Akhtar

Litigation Executive

Monika Williams

Monika Williams

Litigation Executive

Neeru Karra

Neeru Karra

Litigation Executive

Sam Zaffar

Sam Zaffar

Litigation Executive

Sian Morris

Sian Morris

Litigation Executive

Rupy Sandhu

Rupy Sandhu

Solicitor

Adeel Zafar

Adeel Zafar

Paralegal

Ghazalah Bashir

Ghazalah Bashir

Paralegal

Joe Price

Joe Price

Paralegal

Sneha Rayat

Sneha Rayat

Paralegal

Tamara Dhesi

Tamara Dhesi

Paralegal

Diana Brumby

Diana Brumby

Secretary

Donna Pardoe

Donna Pardoe

Legal Secretary

Emma Kiernan

Emma Kiernan

Legal Secretary

Jane Cooke

Jane Cooke

Legal Secretary

Jessica Groombridge

Jessica Groombridge

Legal Secretary

Samantha Higgins

Samantha Higgins

Legal Secretary

Sarah Sawbridge

Sarah Sawbridge

Secretary

Danielle Impey

Danielle Impey

Legal Assistant

Katie Print

Katie Print

Legal Assistant

Alex Hughes

Alex Hughes

Client Services Executive

Ann Boffey

Ann Boffey

Receptionist

Karen Clifford

Karen Clifford

Receptionist

Bobby Mann

Bobby Mann

Team Leader/Accounts Assistant

Kate McDonnell

Kate McDonnell

Accounts Assistant

Josh Roberts

Josh Roberts

Legal Cashier

Josh Henwood

Josh Henwood

PR / Marketing

Rachel Eames

Rachel Eames

PR / Marketing

Mark Southall

Mark Southall

IT & Telecom Administrator

Jackie Tutt

Jackie Tutt

Manager - Chairman's Office

Tom Williams

Tom Williams

Business Analyst

Aleksandra Aleksandrova

Aleksandra Aleksandrova

Business Analyst

Kamalpreet Bains

Kamalpreet Bains

Client Advisor

Masud Rujel

Masud Rujel

Client Advisor

Sabahat Kazi

Sabahat Kazi

Client Advisor

Sandeep Madahar

Sandeep Madahar

Client Advisor

Tahir Arshad

Tahir Arshad

Team Leader / Client Advisor